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S. 51 (117th): Washington, D.C. Admission Act

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A bill to provide for the admission of the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Thomas Carper

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Delaware. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 26, 2021
Length: 99 pages
Jan 26, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 26, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


45 Cosponsors (44 Democrats, 1 Independent)

See Instead

H.R. 51 (same title)
Passed House (Senate next) — Apr 22, 2021


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Carper Reiterates Call for D.C. Statehood After Senate Committee Advances D.C. Judges
    — Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE] (Sponsor) on Oct 7, 2021

LaMalfa Joins California Delegation in renewed request to suspend Californias gas tax
    — Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1] on Jun 27, 2022

Norton Introduces Resolution Recognizing D.C. Servicemembers and Veterans in Advance of Memorial Day
    — Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton [D-DC] on May 26, 2022

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Jan 26, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jun 22, 2021
Considered by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

S. 51 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 51. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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